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Sending aid, well wishes to Ukraine

Richmond Ambulance Authority donates supplies, ambulances abroad

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Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24, 2022, Christopher Manson, vice president of government relations in the Illinois-based OSF Healthcare System, came up with the idea of sending American ambulances full of supplies to Ukraine.

After reaching out to the Government in Kyiv and the Ukrainian Consulate in Chicago, and connecting with others working to send aid to Ukraine, on March 29, 2022, the first ambulance full of medical supplies and equipment left for Ukraine on a 747-800 aircraft.

Since then, five additional shipments of ambulances have traveled from the United States to Ukraine via aircraft and ship for a current total of 18 ambulances and tons of medical supplies.

In this episode of EMS One-Stop, Host Rob Lawrence welcomes Christopher Manson and discusses the challenges, logistics and successes of the program, and also Mark Tenia, media manager for the Richmond (Virginia) Ambulance Authority, who highlights their recent donation of an ambulance for Ukraine and the process for gaining clearance for the donation.


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Ambulances and apparatus for Ukraine

A small group is coordinating with the Ukrainian Government to ship ambulances and fire apparatus full of supplies to support Ukrainians, and they need your help

Rob Lawrence has been a leader in civilian and military EMS for over a quarter of a century. He is currently the director of strategic implementation for PRO EMS and its educational arm, Prodigy EMS, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and part-time executive director of the California Ambulance Association.

He previously served as the chief operating officer of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (Virginia), which won both state and national EMS Agency of the Year awards during his 10-year tenure. Additionally, he served as COO for Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California.

Prior to emigrating to the U.S. in 2008, Rob served as the COO for the East of England Ambulance Service in Suffolk County, England, and as the executive director of operations and service development for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. Rob is a former Army officer and graduate of the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served worldwide in a 20-year military career encompassing many prehospital and evacuation leadership roles.

Rob is a board member of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) as well as chair of the American Ambulance Association’s State Association Forum. He writes and podcasts for EMS1 and is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Connect with him on Twitter.